There was something about Woody’s crooked, funny-shaped face that made Courtney Bellew’s heart melt in a way it had never had before.
“It’s just that you look at him, and you can’t help but love him because of that face,” Bellew, director of Special Needs Animal Rescue & Rehabilitation (SNARR) Northeast, told The Dodo.
A dog with a crooked face is looking for a forever home. Woody was mauled by another dog when he was just 5 weeks old and he was “left to heal on his own with no veterinary care”, according to S.N.A.R.R Animal Rescue Northeast.
SNARR came to Woody’s rescue after after they learned he was chained up outside and abandoned by his owners. Woody spent six weeks alone, surviving on the kindness of neighbors who fed him, until word finally reached SNARR.
“Woody’s ‘family’ moved out and abandoned him at the home,” SNARR writes on Facebook. “We were asked to take him into rescue and of course said YES!”
Although his face is lopsided, Woody doesn’t have any health complications. “He just looks a little different which doesn’t bother us one bit,” his rescuers say. “In fact, it’s what made us fall in love with him even more.”
It wasn’t only his looks that his rescuers fell in love with. They soon learned the Pit Bull had a big heart.
When Woody arrived at his foster home, his foster mom didn’t feel so great.
“The first day we had Woody I was sick with a fever,” foster mom Jamie Bond told The Dodo. “He knew something wasn’t right and never left my side. He snuggled with me on the couch all afternoon. Now he’s my shadow, always following wherever I go, making sure I’m safe and sound. Woody loves to curl up on the bed and put his head on my chest.”
Now 8 months old, Woody is also making up for his missed “puppy” time and is very playful and affectionate.
“He jumps, and he doesn’t really know basic commands like ‘sit’ and ‘stay,’” she said. “I don’t think he was ever a loved house pet. I think that he was sort of a dog who was left to his own devices, even when the people still lived there.”
But with training, Bellew is certain that Woody will mellow out.
SNARR plans on being very selective with whomever adopts him because they want to find the best fit for him and his new family. They write, “Woody, while adorable, needs some love and a bit of training, he is a bit jumpy, but who wouldn’t be after being chained up outside! He also needs a home without cats, he likes to chase them.”
They also believe he will thrive best in a home with female dogs only. “He is currently in foster with 4 other female dogs and does wonderfully,” says SNARR. “While Woody is good around kids, we think older kids (over the age of 10) is best, he has zero aggression towards anything or anyone, but he is a large dog who can at times get excited and jump up, so older kids are the better fit.”
“Woody is a total love bug,” Bond added. “He is a total sweetheart and we are so lucky to have him as part of our foster family. While his face might look funny, he doesn’t think he’s any different than the other pups in the house.”
If you’re interested in adopting Woody, you can contact SNARR Northeast. Woody would thrive in a home without cats or other male dogs, although he gets along with female dogs well. You can also follow Woody’s progress on SNARR’s Facebook page.